A man from Rutland has received an honorary award for his services as director general of the Food and Drink Federation.
Ian Wright, 57, was delighted to receive the honour of a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his service to the public and politics. He said: “For all of my adult lifetime third party politics has been a private passion. Our fortunes have waxed and waned but the friendships I have made have endured and the commitment I have seen from my colleagues has never wavered.
“It is really very humbling to receive this recognition and I am very grateful for it.”
Ian Wright, who was previously corporate relations director with major drinks company Diageo, joined the Food and Drink Federation in March. He has since lead the organisation in ensuring Government and stakeholders understand the importance of food and drink manufacturing, and the support the industry needs to meet the changing needs of UK consumers in the future.
Ian has spent more than two decades in senior management positions with both Diageo and Boots. For 14 years he was corporate relations director of Diageo.
He’s also been a member of the executive committee, responsible for representing the company to governments, NGOs and the media around the world.
He has also worked for other food businesses including Pillsbury, Burger King and Mars Confectionery.
Alongside his career in the food business, Ian has also worked in consultancy and politics. He is also a non-executive director of Mass1, a member of the advisory board of The Work Crowd and a trustee of both The WAVE Trust and Children on the Edge.